Chocolate Butternut Squash Bread

Hi guys.

I’ve been feeling rather overwhelmed this week.  So I’m glad today is Friday.  I have a date night with my sisters filled with shopping and dinner SO I’M EXCITED.  If you live in Houston then you probably know there is this fab thing called The Nutcracker Market.  It’s all the holiday shopping you can ever imagine – christmas gifts, festive food, stockings, trees, holiday decor, etc- aisles and aisles of holiday cheer all under one roof.  So that’s where I’ll be tonight.  Going there always feels like the start of the holiday season to me:)

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Yesterday I went to the gentlest yoga class of my life.  We just laid there and focused on breathing.  I honestly felt like I was having a touch of a panic attack because I felt like I couldn’t remember how to breath.  It sucked…as has a lot of this week.  So then I 1) came home and baked this loaf of bread, 2) had supervision for work (aka all the RDs I work with talk on the phone for an hour), 3) photographed this bread and 4) went and met with my therapist, and 5) went out to lunch with a coworker.  And THEN I started to feel better.  Thursdays are the day I see clients late, so my mornings those days are rather flexible.

I’m reassessing my workload and decided to not accept any new clients through the end of the year, which is the right choice.  There are a couple things I’m working on for the blog/online that I want to have more time for.  Stay tuned!

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When making this bread, I wanted to enjoy the baking experience…so I didn’t take any process shots while whipping this guy up.  Baking is especially nice when the weather is really fabulous out. It was actually cold (in my opinion) in the morning yesterday.  IT FELT SO GOOD.  

So the cold(ish) weather was calling me to put fall in a loaf of bread.  So here we are putting butternut squash + cinnamon in bread with chocolate.  

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I have mixed feelings on butternut squash.  It is not my fav starchy vegetable, but if it’s in a baked good or used to make a pizza sauce…I’m a fan.  Like a butternut squash sauce pizza with chicken, blue cheese, feta and, perhaps, some bacon…that sounds like a great idea.

But plain roasted butternut squash…no thank you.

I have not french toasted this bread yet, but I 100% plan to asap.

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Chocolate Butternut Squash Bread

Yield: a loaf of bread


dry ingredients
1 cup oat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
2 tbsp dark cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

wet ingredients
1 cup milk
2 eggs
1 cup butternut squash, roasted & mashed
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 tbsp vanilla


Preheat oven to 350F.

In a bowl, combine all dry ingredients.  Make a well in the center and add in wet ingredients.  Combine until a batter forms.  Pour into a greased loaf pan.  Top with additional chocolate chips for prettiness.  Bake at 55 minutes.  Allow to cool for 10 minutes before popping out of the loaf pan and letting cool for a bit more or just slicing.  ENJOY!

You can totally use canned pureed pumpkin instead of mashed butternut squash.

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  1. I’m making it right NOW and I’m sooo excited! It looks awesome ???

  2. Cannot contain my excitement for how amazing this looks! I love the change up of butternut squash instead of pumpkin and of course the addition of chocolate :)

  3. We have frozen cubed butternut squash that would be so perfect for this!! Your evening plans sound so lovely. I’m not ready to accept that Christmas is so close, but I can feel my excitement building for all the holiday cheer. :) For what it’s worth, I think you’re doing a fabulous job. While this week was rough, just remember it can only go up from here. Panic attacks are no fun, but perhaps it helped rid you of some built up anxiety. Best wishes on overcoming the stress!!

  4. Oddest question: Where did you get that shirt/sweater you’re wearing?! I LOVE IT… and I want it. :)

  5. Girrrrl. Butternut squash totally IS my jam, I could eat it plain and roasted and every other way all day errrday. But when we add all that goodness and make it into bread?!! Amazing. Definitely making this recipe.

  6. Just made this. So yummy!!!!!

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